Praise Facebook for Protecting Domestic Violence Survivors


Target: Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook

Goal: Support new program that protects privacy of domestic violence survivors on social media

Facebook has recently taken steps to ensure that the privacy of domestic violence survivors who use the site is protected. These new policies were implemented after Facebook faced controversy over the presence of violent imagery on the site.

Facebook has joined together with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to implement new programs that put the protection of domestic violence survivors at the forefront. Facebook has created and released a guide that provides users with the necessary information to implement various privacy settings and ensure that the page cannot be found by attackers. Additionally, the guide delineates how someone could report any threats or stalking attempts happening on the site.

The guide explains in detail how to block specific people from being able to find others on the site, how to set up the privacy settings for all types of content on one’s page, and how to report any problematic or threatening content. Along with these instructions, the guide also explains the legal rights that victims of harassment or domestic violence have. Facebook has stated that it will assist in the legal process by providing any information necessary to aid the victim.

Facebook was recently confronted by many activists who believed that the website was too lenient in terms of content that related to violence against women. The protestors wanted Facebook to remove graphic pictures of domestic violence victims, but Facebook indicated that these images were not outside of the guidelines of the site. After many advertisers refused to continue funding Facebook, the site agreed to work with women’s groups to make the site a safer space not only for content but also specifically for individuals who have faced violence, and this project with the National Network to End Domestic Violence is the first step.

By signing the petition below you will be praising Facebook for their commitment to the health and safety of domestic violence victims.


Dear Mark Zuckerberg,

Domestic violence is an incredibly pervasive problem in today’s society, and the protection of domestic violence survivors is imperative. Providing protection and privacy for these survivors in all ways possible is the best way to serve these individuals.

I am writing you to commend you for your efforts with the National Network to End Domestic Violence to make Facebook a safer and more private site for survivors of domestic violence. Your guide to protect individuals who need security on their personal sites, as well as your commitment to reporting and aiding with legal processes in the cases of sexual harassment and violence, are important steps forward in breaking the cycle of violence that exists in our country today. I hope that you will continue to make efforts to stop hate speech, monitor content that makes light of domestic violence, and protect survivors of violence.


[Your Name Here]

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